Isner, Hewitt, Mahut into Hall of Fame quarters|
Newport, RI (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time champion John Isner, two-time
runner-up Lleyton Hewitt and reigning titlist Nicolas Mahut all moved into
the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
The top-seeded world No. 12 Isner popped 11 aces in cruising past qualifier
and fellow American Austin Krajicek 6-3, 6-3 in 63 minutes on the grounds of
the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Isner captured back-to-back titles at this event in 2011 and 2012, and is the
No. 1 seed in Newport for the third time in four years. He had a 13-match
winning streak at this grass-court event snapped by Hewitt in last year's
The 6-foot-10 Isner, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's
Boston Red Sox game, will face fellow American Jack Sock in a quarterfinal on
The third-seeded former world No. 1 star Hewitt humbled Croatian qualifier
Ante Pavic 6-2, 6-2, while the fourth-seeded French Mahut mauled Aussie Luke
Saville 6-4, 6-2.
Mahut overcame the two-time Grand Slam titlist Hewitt in last year's Newport
finale, as Hewitt fell for the second straight year in the championship
round. Mahut was also a runner-up here in 2007.
Up next for Hewitt will be American Steve Johnson on Friday, while Mahut will
face Aussie Samuel Groth on Thursday.
Second-seeded massive-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic moved on by stopping
Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 7-6 (7-3). Karlovic struck 18 aces to set-up
a date with Israeli Dudi Sela on Thursday.
The sixth-seeded two-time NCAA singles champion Johnson moved into the round
of eight by besting Japanese Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 2-0, retired, while a seventh-
seeded Sock erased compatriot and 2009 Newport champion Rajeev Ram 7-5, 6-2,
and Sela upended eighth-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-1. Johnson
will face Hewitt in a quarter on Friday.
Also on Day 3, Groth snuck past Tunisian Malek Jaziri 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3).
This week's champion will claim $81,500.
07/09 17:06:45 ET